Amtrak Train Crash Kills Big Rig Driver in Maine

A tractor trailer driver was killed when his big rig was hit by an Amtrak train in Maine.Police are continuing to investigate a train accident in Maine that left the driver of a tractor trailer dead on July 11.

Reuters reports that an Amtrak Downeaster train heading from Boston to Portland with 112 passengers on board crashed into a big rig that was apparently stopped on the tracks around 11 a.m. in North Berwick.

Maine State Police told the news source that there were skid marks on the roadway approaching the tracks, indicating that that the unidentified driver of the truck had tried to stop before the crossing.

According to the news agency, the warning lights were flashing and the gates were down at the crossing before the accident. Police said the 18-wheeler clipped the gate and was then struck by the train. The impact of the crash caused a fire to erupt in the lead engine of the train.

Four passengers were injured in the collision.

The Portland Press Herald reports that this is the first fatal accident in the 10-year history of the Downeaster.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that there were 2,987 large truck accidents that resulted in at least one fatality in the U.S. in 2009.